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USA Today – Books
While the paper reviews few books (only 5 to 10 on Thursdays), the book editor does make all books she receives available in a small library for other editors to use. The Top 150 bestsellers each week are featured online at http://top150.usatoday.com.
Carol Memmott, Book Editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A few of her book reviews:
1/11:Myla Goldberg’s mystery False Friend
mysteries by Koontz, Moore, Hoag, and Bourne
Susan Cheever’s bio Louisa May Alcott
Joan Reardon’s bio As Always, Julia
Stephen King’s story collection Full Dark, No Stars
2/11: Allison Pearson’s I Think I Love You
4/11: Kristin Clark Taylor’s The Forever Box
Melissa Fay Greene’s No Biking in the House Without a Helmet
Stacey Edgar’s Global Girlfriends
Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got
Rachel Lloyd’s Girls Like Us
Deirdre Donahue, Magazine Reporter and Book Critic. Email: email@example.com. Also does book reviews, news, and interviews. A sampling of her reviews:
1/11: Michael Korda’s bio Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
Nora Roberts’ romance Happy Ever After
Beverly Jenkins’ romance Midnight
Grace Burrowes’ romance The Heir
Sarah MacLean’s Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord
Lynn D’Urso’s debut novel Heartbroke Bay
2/11: C J Sansom’s mystery Heartstone
4/11: Therese Fowler’s novel Exposure
Bob Minzesheimer, Book Critic. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Works out of the New York office. Reviews many titles. A sampling:
1/11: Edmund Morris’ bio Colonel Roosevelt
Steve Martin’s novel Object of Beauty
Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids
Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life
4 holiday children’s books
Jay Kirk’s bio Kingdom Under Glass
2/11: Trent Reedy’s novel Words in the Dust
Spike & Tonya Lee’s Giant Steps to Change the World
Jocelyn McClurg, Book Reporter. Reviews books, interviews authors, and writes stories. A sampling of her reviews:
1/11: Charles Finch’s novel A Stranger in Mayfair
Suzanne Corso, author of Brooklyn Story (interview)
2/11: Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife
4/11: Carol Edgarian’s novel Three Stages of Amazement
Dennis Moore. Interviewed Sissy Spacek, author of Barefoot Stories memoir (1/11).
USA Today Bestselling Books List
USA Today publishes a weekly bestseller list for books which runs every Thursday in the Life section. It features the top 50 books all in one list regardless of format (hardcover, trade paperback, or mass market paperback).
The USA Today Best Selling Books list is compiled from computer generated reports from actual retail sales at the major bookstore chains as well as a few independent bookstores (3,000 large-inventory, diverse-content stores). The Top 150 bestsellers each week are featured online at top150.usatoday.com.
Below is a list of the reporting stores. If you want your book to get noticed by any bestseller list, you need to have your book at least in these stores.
- Books & Company
- Davis Kidd Booksellers
- Joseph-Beth Booksellers
- Powell’s Books
- Tattered Cover
- R J Julia Booksellers
- Schuler Books & Music
- Ingram Book Company (reporting the retail sales of independent bookstore subscribers)
- Amazon.com and Amazon Kindle
- B Dalton Bookseller
- Barnes & Noble, BN.com, Barnes & Noble ebooks
- Books-A-Million and Books-A-Million.com
- Borders Books & Music
- Hudson Booksellers
- Sony Reader Store
Note that this list is compiled by computer so you can’t fake the numbers. They’ll notify you if you make it into to their top 150 bestsellers list.